San Diego Academy

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Coordinates: 32°41′14″N 117°04′41″W / 32.6873°N 117.0780°W / 32.6873; -117.0780

San Diego Academy
National City, California, USA
Type Private K-12 College Preparatory
Established 1899
Principal Wayne Longhofer
School color(s)          
Athletics Men's and Women's Varsity and Junior Varsity
Mascot Cavaliers

San Diego Academy is a private coeducational K-12 school in the Seventh-day Adventist school system. As set forth in its constitution and bylaws, San Diego Academy is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of pastors and elected lay people of the constituent Seventh-day Adventist churches, parents, and alumni. The school operates under the auspices of the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Office of Education.

San Diego Academy provides Christian education for K-12 young people in the Seventh-day Adventist churches located in the greater San Diego metropolitan area. The churches represented on the Board of Trustees are constituent members of the school and support it by giving an amount equal to 10.5% of their tithe income each year. Churches encourage each child in their church to attend. Some churches give added assistance to worthy families to make it financially possible for their students to attend.


San Diego Academy had its beginnings in 1899 when W. M. Healey, pastor of the Adventist church, rented a store at 17th and K Streets. Seventeen students began their Christian education with Robert Sanders and his wife serving as teachers.The school functioned as an elementary school and then a junior academy until 1930 when it became a full 12-grade school.

After a series of moves, the school was located adjacent to the then-church owned Paradise Valley Hospital in 1947.

Construction on the new site, just east of the old one, began in 2002. The new facility was completed and classes began in 2800 East 4th Street facility during August 2005.


San Diego Academy Elementary, includes kindergarten through sixth grade.

Junior High[edit]

San Diego Academy Junior High comprises seventh and eighth grades.

High school[edit]

San Diego Academy High School, includes ninth through twelfth grades.


All students in K-12 are required to take physical education until they have two years worth of PE in high school. The high school also has sports teams which compete against other Academies.

The high school sports program has teams on both the men's and women's junior varsity and varsity level. Junior varsity and varsity teams exist for flag football, basketball,and volleyball. These teams play in the CIF Southern Section, with the exception of flag football, which is played in a league of other Adventist schools.

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